At the root of it, it sounds like the most basic and easy way to get involved in a football pool for the upcoming season. Well, until you actually get involved, and then it takes on a life of its own and it is far from basic and easy.

Each week there are generally between 13 and 16 games in play. All you have to do for a Survivor pool is correctly pick the winner of one of those games. That’s it. Nothing about the score or anything specific to the game; just the winner. It sounds like fun and then you start mentally spending the prize money before the season even starts. How hard can it be to select just one match-up and figure out who will emerge victorious?

In short, it is harder than it looks but fear not as I am here to impart some...